The Stratemakerstoren, was long hidden under the flours of an old factory. After the factory was demolished in 1987 the remains of the Tower were found on the bank of the river Waal.
The large tower from the first half of the sixteenth century, became to vulnerable when canons were invented and the tower was partly broken down and rebuild as an rondeel (in the shape of a horseshoe) The tower has been used to protect ‘De veerpoort’ one of the city gates of Nijmegen. In the subterranean passages in which cannons corridors cannons were placed as defence.
At this moment no one knows how the tower got it’s present name. some say it’s because the road workers manned the tower, other say it’s because one of the road workers lived close. Probably we will never know it exactly.
The museum is now open to visits.
Tuesday-Friday 12.00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 13.00 am - 5.00 pm Guided tour: German, English and Dutch
The best example of the remains of the medieval citywall is for sure the building of now-a-days exclusive restaurant "Belverdere". It is a old watchtower that used to be covering the terrain North and Eastwards from Nijmegen. From here one has a magnificent view over the river Waal, the Waalbridge and the flowerbed that shows the weapon and old name.
In the town hall of Nijmegen you can learn history from passing by the many stained glass windows that show the most important developments of the city s history. The Town hall is not always open for public. Long ago the basements were used as prisons, back in the Middle Ages the town hall was also used as a court house. All the criminals were locked in the town halls prisons and executed on the Blauwe steen (Blue stone) That can be found on the crossing of Grotestraat and the Burchstraat.
If you want to see the whole city I advice you to clime the bell tower of the St. Stephens church. This is also a tip for people have a bad feeling for direction. Because from here you can see most of the must see activities on my website.
The view is breathtaking, my father brought me here when I was only 10 days old !!!
The belvedere is also one of the City wall towers. The Belvedere was restored around 1650 and is now hosting a restaurant with the same name as the tower. From the foot of the Belvedere it is possible to see our neighbour city Arnhem on a clear day. If you look down from the platform you will see some German canons that were left behind after the Second World War, those were used to protect the Waal Bridge. During the summer and you will also see the city symbol of Nijmegen made out of flowers.
If you are interested in the history of Nijmegen this is the place to go. From the Batavians till the 19th century are there to be discovered. In this museum you can find the evidence that Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands. De godenpijler van keizer Tiberius (The pillar of gods from Emperor Tiberius) Dates from 17 A.D.
The Powder tower dates from the 15th century and is part of the second city wall. During fights those walls were badly damaged and the Powder tower was one of the few towers that survived. The Tower exists out of four flours. On witch the canons were placed to protect the city during attacks. The black and red hatches were opened to let the powder smoke that came from the fired canons out of the tower.
The Kronenburgerpark was laid out in English landscape style in 1880. In the park you can find 150 different trees. It’s a nice place to enjoy a sunny day, the park is next to the old city wall. You can have a fast overview of the park if you clime one of the old towers.
One of the remains of the old place is the St. Nicolaaschapel. It was build next to the Valkhof Palace and dates from 1030. This building is therefore one of the oldest still existing stone buildings in the Netherlands. It is special because it is having a sixteen sides just like the Palt Chapel of Charlemange in Aachen.
In the shoppingstreets of Nijmegen, a certain building is large and still overshaded by the surroundings. Only the gate is something that some get attracted to. This is the old couth-house (Gerechtshof) of the town, where justice was preached and crime was punished.
On the "Valkhof"-hill used to be the Roman fortress that controled the wide area surrounding "Ulpia Batavorum Noviomagus", as this stronghold was called. In the name one recognises "fortress" (Ulpia) and the place where it was situated: "Batavorum" (this part of the Netherlands was named "Batavia" from the name of the Germanic tribe that settled here, the "Batavians"). "Noviomagus" means something like "New Roads" and eventualy became "Nijmegen". On the "Valkhof"-hill are many Roman leftovers to be found, yet no real buildings (only fundaments). After the Romans, Charlemagne took this place to build a "Palts" (Palacecomplex) in the late 8th century. From this the Saint Nicolas-chapel is a remain. The sixteen-sided chapel was rebuilt somewhat bigger in the 11th century.
The "Grote of Sint Stevens" church (Big or Saint Stephan's) is partly in Romanic, partly Gothic architecture. this because the buildingperiod stretches out over several hundred years and various construction-masters were responsible for the complete work. Started in 1253, it was only finished in 1553, while the tower top, with it's nice decorative works was only completed in 1605. During the fierce battle within the town in the second worldwar operation Market Garden (main target the bridge) the church and tower were almost completely destroyed.
Administratively seen, as well as centre of power, was the cityhall of Nijmegen. The present old part of this buildingcomplex dates back to the 16th century and has been fully remodeled in 1880 century as well as after the second worldwar in which it burned down to the ground. Behind it is - in same coloured stone - the new cityhall.
On the first floor one can find the restored "Treve-zaal" (Treve-room) where in 1678 de peacetreaty of Nijmegen was signed. France and The republic of the Seven Provinces (The Netherlands) got at peace again together in this treaty.
On ground level one can admire the former "Schepen-zaal" (Schepen-room). "Schepenen" were former rulers within the cityadministration, helpers of the mayor and forming the town's council.
Bethelkerk Neerbosch - interior. Now a museum on the grounds of a former orphanage. Pictures and material associated with the various trades that were taught to the orphans (bookbinding, carpenting, shoe repair &c). Also pictures and portraits of former directors and naive paintings of the former orphanage, mostly in blue and green, including a huge bird's eye perspective.
Our impressive bridge across the river Waal. A picture that was taken when the bridge was closed off for all traffic. This was done because of a parade of military cars, trucks and tanks commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of operation Market Garden.
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